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Pelham Parkway station (IRT Dyre Avenue Line)

Pelham Parkway is a station on the IRT Dyre Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Pelham Parkway and the Esplanade (erroneously signed as "Esplanade Avenue" in the station) in the Bronx, it is served by the 5 train at all times. This station was built as part of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway (NYW&B), and opened in 1912. This station closed in 1937 with the NYW&B, but reopened in 1941 as a subway station after the portion of the line in the Bronx was purchased by New York City.

 Pelham Parkway
 "5" train
MTA NYC logo.svg New York City Subway station (rapid transit)
5train PELHAM BX.jpg
2008 view of the station house entrance
Station statistics
AddressPelham Parkway, Williamsbridge Road & Esplanade
Bronx, NY 10469
BoroughThe Bronx
LocalePelham Gardens, Pelham Parkway
Coordinates40°51′29″N 73°51′22″W / 40.85813°N 73.856063°W / 40.85813; -73.856063Coordinates: 40°51′29″N 73°51′22″W / 40.85813°N 73.856063°W / 40.85813; -73.856063
DivisionA (IRT, formerly NYW&B)
LineIRT Dyre Avenue Line
Services      5 all times (all times)
Transit connectionsBus transport NYCT Bus: Bx8, Bx12, Bx12 SBS
Platforms2 island platforms
Tracks4 (2 in regular service)
Other information
OpenedMay 29, 1912; 107 years ago (1912-05-29) (NYW&B station)
May 15, 1941; 78 years ago (1941-05-15) (re-opened as a Subway station)
ClosedDecember 31, 1937; 81 years ago (1937-12-31) (NYW&B station)
Station code445[1]
Passengers (2018)844,884[2]Decrease 2.8%
Rank373 out of 424
Station succession
Next northEastchester–Dyre Avenue (express): no regular service
Gun Hill Road (local): 5 all times
Next southMorris Park (local): 5 all times
East 180th Street (express): no regular service

Station layoutEdit

Track layout
G Street level station house Exit/Entrance, fare control, station agent
Platform level
Northbound local   toward Eastchester–Dyre Avenue (Gun Hill Road)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound express No passenger service
Southbound express No passenger service
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound local   toward Flatbush Avenue weekdays, Bowling Green weekends, East 180th Street late nights (Morris Park)
Old "To City"/"From City" train indicators from the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway

This station was originally opened on May 29, 1912, as an express station of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railway, with two island platforms and four tracks. It was closed on December 31, 1937, after the NYW&B went bankrupt but was opened again when the City of New York purchased the Bronx portion of the railroad for use in the subway system. An original NYW&B-era train indicator can still be found inside the station.

Today, the two local tracks remain in revenue service, and the southbound express track remains in use as a test track. The northbound express track ends about halfway between the north end of the station and the northern tunnel portal, however, it used to end at a bumper block just south of the station. The station is designed with two island platforms; however it is not considered an express station. The northbound express track had been restored at this station in October 2014. The purpose of the restoration was to serve work trains for the Dyre Avenue Line signal modernization project.[3] As of 2017 the express tracks are also being used to develop a pilot program for platform screen doors technology.[4]

Pelham Parkway is the only completely underground station on the Dyre Avenue Line and the only underground station in the system not originally built for subway use. It is also the northernmost underground IRT station. It is also the only 4-track underground station in the Bronx.

In 1981, the MTA listed the station among the 69 most deteriorated stations in the subway system.[5] Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, will undergo a complete overhaul and would be entirely closed for up to 6 months. Updates would include cellular service, Wi-Fi, charging stations, improved signage, and improved station lighting.[6][7] However, these renovations are being deferred until the 2020–2024 Capital Program due to a lack of funding.[8]


The station's only entrance/exit is a head house in the median of the Esplanade north of Pelham Parkway North.[9]


  1. ^ "Station Developers' Information". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership 2013–2018". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Signal System Modernization of the Dyre Avenue Line".
  4. ^ "Search Capital Dashboard: Project T7080618". MTA. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Gargan, Edward A. (June 11, 1981). "AGENCY LISTS ITS 69 MOST DETERIORATED SUBWAY STATIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "MTA Will Completely Close 30 Subway Stations For Months-Long "Revamp"". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "MTAStations" (PDF). Government of the State of New York. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  8. ^ Berger, Paul (April 3, 2018). "New York Subway Cuts Back Plans to Renovate Stations". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Pelham Parkway" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016.

External linksEdit

Preceding station   New York, Westchester and Boston Railway   Following station
Former services
Morris Park   Main Line   Gun Hill Road